Sunday, 1 June 2014

The Curious Goat Coffee Brewers – Damansara Perdana’s very own!

20-1, Jalan PJU 8/3A, Damansara Perdana, 47820, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

We just got back from a week-long trip to Taiwan (posts on that coming up soon) and saw that this brand-new shop had opened up a stone’s throw – well, maybe two throws – from our guard house.

It’s so new they still have congratulatory flower arrangements near the door and no shop sign up yet. We had to go inside to look at the menu to see that it’s called The Curious Goat.

Although the artwork they had seems to say ‘Angry Goat’ instead.

The place is simply but beautifully done up with an industrial look – lots of wood, wooden pallets, steel pipes and exposed lightbulbs. Cozy lighting and new air-conditioning that’s nice and cold makes this a good place to hang out.

Guess a lot of people agree because the place was pretty full when we were there.

On to the coffee. We ordered an iced mocha that tasted good and rich without being overly sweet. Since I don’t know much about coffee to speak on it with any authority, we snapped a picture of the blurb on their menu.

Yeah, what he said…

They have a small food menu too, a few dessert items as well as 3 pasta dishes: meatball, chicken or a mix of both.

My beef meatball pasta was nicely cooked in a flavourful, chunky tomato sauce and scattered with fresh herbs. Some may find the sauce a tiny bit acidic but I liked it just fine. They were generous with the meatballs – I got 4 good-sized ones which were all tender, juicy and tasty.

If the meatballs were flattened and grilled on a flat-top, I get the feeling they would make great patties for mini burgers.

Lady Fartsalot’s chicken pasta was slightly less successful. The pasta was a bit overcooked and the chicken quite dry with an almost imperceptible taste of herbs.

Tasted like the exact same sauce for both pastas.

The food took quite a bit longer than expected to arrive (they’re probably still getting used to the kitchen) but the quality is pretty decent overall. The portion size was also not too big – big eaters will have ample room for dessert.

We decided to forego dessert this time around, but are definitely going back to try them soon, along with whatever new food items that they’ll hopefully introduce.

Yep, we’re gonna stamp the hell out of this here loyalty card.

To my knowledge, The Curious Goat is the first truly cool coffee place to open in Damansara Perdana. We’re going to do our best to give it as much support as possible because I’m optimistic that – once it works out any minor teething issues it may have –it’ll be every bit as good as any of the ones in TTDI.

Bite-sized review
A cool coffee place in Damansara Perdana with a small but decent food menu which I hope will grow in the near future. Nice and cozy with friendly service. A good place to hang out.

Price: Pretty average for a place of this kind. RM14 for each pasta. RM12 for the mocha.
8am-10pm from Monday to Thursday
8am-11pm on Friday
10am-11pm on Saturday

10am-10pm on Sunday

Go-Ji-Ra @ My Burger Lab – All hail the kings!

14, Jalan 21/22, SeaPark, 46300, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

I’ve not done a post on My Burger Lab till now because, honestly, what’s left to say that’s not already been said by other, better food bloggers?

We’ve visited a bunch of times but I never felt like I had anything significant to add. Their legendary service is great as always. Despite the opening of a new outlet in OUG, the queues are still as long. And we’re sure many a fan has felt Lady Fartsalot’s frustration on our most recent visit when the burger she wanted had sold out by the time she got to the head of the line. Okay, they now have additional seating upstairs but that’s hardly big enough news to merit a post.

What IS big enough was the monstrous Go-Ji-Ra burger I just had.

This thing is staggeringly huge. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was what caused Godzilla’s widely talked-about weight gain.

This must be one of those posts I’ve heard about that ‘writes itself’. Having had the Go-Ji-Ra, I suddenly noticed a jumble of words jostling around in my head demanding to get written down. Or typed out, as it were.

The words in my head insist that I tell you about how the King of Burgers and the King of Monsters have finally come together in a glorious explosion of flesh and flavour.

There were three (THREE!) satisfyingly thick and meaty beef patties that literally fall apart in the mouth. I had previously expressed mild dissatisfaction that My Burger Lab burgers had a rather small meat-to-other-ingredients ratio. This burger demolishes that complaint as completely as Godzilla demolishes buildings.

Damn near knocked me over as well, as the massive amount of meat almost put me in a food coma.

The mustard-grilled patties had an appetising sour zing, as well as a refreshing kick from wasabi. Absolutely delicious, and certainly enough to satisfy even the biggest of meat cravings.

I would have enjoyed the Go-Ji-Ra even more if not for the subtle aroma of the blue cheese that was added to it. But that’s completely my own fault for not knowing how to appreciate blue cheese, and nothing to do with My Burger Lab.

And because I don’t foresee another My Burger Lab post in the near future, I’m taking this opportunity to also publish all the burger pictures we’ve taken during our previous visits there.

Can't remember which burger this is. Cthulhu, probably.
Nope, this one doesn't ring a bell either.
This appears to be a chicken one that Lady Fartsalot had. Maybe she remembers... nope, no luck there.

A quick note to wrap up before I go off to collapse under the weight of all this meat inside me. I don’t know whether the Go-Ji-Ra is a permanent item on the menu. Maybe, like Godzilla, it will disappear back into the sea once it’s caused sufficient destruction to enough digestive systems. If you’re interested, you might want to go try it soon, just in case.

And if you’re not a big eater, for goodness’ sake bring back-up.

Old picture of shop interior. It's less packed now with extra seating upstairs, but only by a tiny bit. It seems that at My Burger Lab, with greater seating capacity come greater numbers of hungry fans.

Bite-sized review
It’s the My Burger Lab everyone knows and loves. This post is about how meaty and delicious the massive new Go-Ji-Ra burger is. Don’t know how long it will stay on the menu, so go check it out quick. And bring someone to help you eat it.


Price: About RM30 and worth every single sen.